The holidays are starting to nip at our heels and what better way to get ready than to practice your dance moves? This weekend you’ll find a variety of ways to shake it like a Polaroid picture! From a morning kid-concert-palooza to a late night museum dance party to a refined lesson in modern ballet, there is something for all tastes (and skills!) Tree lighting ceremonies are abundant this time of year, but this one takes it to another level, and this twist on a classic holiday story will leave you laughing for more. So whether you’re going to dance the magic dance or take a toddle down the shoreline, you’ll find that this time of year never looked so groovy, so head out there with your dancing shoes on!
Be the Ballet at ODC’s Velveteen Rabbit
This classic holiday tale of bunny-love takes on a new level of entertainment with ODC’s studio-to-stage, which offers tiny dancers a chance to learn the moves they can then watch on stage! Professional dancers teach a “toddler to octogenarian” dance class, then everyone can settle in to watch the ballet live. Take the theater experience to another level this year and create a holiday memory the kiddos will not soon forget! Fri., 4:30-6 p.m. San Francisco. $44-63. All Ages. Event Details.
Get Your Holiday On at Pier 39
Lots of places have annual tree lightings but Pier 39 takes it to another level with a two-day celebration put on by the Disneyland® Resort, including Radio Disney, letters to Santa, holiday games and prizes, plus choral ensembles, and oh yeah–a 60 foot tree decorated to the nines. Kick your holidays off right! Sat. & Sun., 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.
Baby Loves Disco Pajama Party
Mama loves disco, papa loves disco, and baby loves disco! Don’t bother getting dressed, just head down to the disco in your PJ’s for the DJ’s! Music, crafts, food, face-paining, unlimited drink boxes, and of course dancing. Boogie with your little buddies, and then enjoy the quiet time when they take those after-party naps! Sun., 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. San Francisco. $15/general; 4 for $55; free for crawlers. All Ages. Event Details.
Knights and Princesses at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
Gather all ye brave knights and fierce princesses and get thee to Playland! Come in costume or kids can make their own princess hats or knight’s armor, then enjoy themed activities at this vintage arcade. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. El Cerrito. $10-$15. All Ages. Event Details.
OMCA’s Friday Nights
Your Friday night just got a lot more interesting. The Oakland Museum of California hosts Friday Nights including Off the Grid food trucks, story time, dance lessons,a drop-in game-making workshop celebrating Native American Heritage Month, Zumba in the amphitheater, artist talks and a lounge. Half price admission for grown-ups and free admission for kids under 18 means the whole fam-damily can go and enjoy all the museum has to offer. Bonus! the museum is just one block from Lake Merrit BART so it’s easy to get there driving or on public transit. Fri., 5 – 9 p.m. Oakland. $7.50/adults; 18 and under free. All Ages. Event Details.
Toddler Ramble at the Hayward Shoreline
The November rains are sure to come, and when Little Johnny wants to play, you can head out to the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center for some rain and weather themed activities. Little tumblers, ages 1-3 can learn about the weather including rain, wind, and sun. Fri., 10:30-11 a.m. Hayward. $5/child. 1-3. Event details.
Take It Small at the Doll and Teddy Show
Not your typical teddy-bear show this extravaganza features dolls, teddy bears, miniatures, anime, clothing, jewelry and more including steampunk and gothic, antiques, vintage, and modern doll clothing, furniture, and accessories. Pack up your little bears and bring them along, or come shop for a one-of-a-kind stocking stuffer! There will also be an informal doll & teddy bear identification and doll stringing on-site. Sun.,9 a.m. – 3 p.m. San Jose. $7/adults; Kids 12 and under/$4. All Ages. Event Details.
San Jose’s Birthday Celebration
The City of San Jose is turning 236 and everyone can join the party at the Peralta Adobe Historic Site in the heart of San Jose. Meet members of the founding families, tour the Fallon House and Peralta Adobe House, listen to stories, dance to live music, enjoy crafts and other hands-on activities and of course, a slice of birthday cake! Food will be available for purchase throughout the San Pedro Market. Sun., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event Details.
Get those dancing shoes on and get ready to shimmy and shake at these morning and mid-day concerts for the kids! Best loved children’s performers Tim Cain, Miss Kitty, Christopher Smith, and Cindy Cohen join forces to bring you the annual Lollipopalooza! Sing, sing a song and dance the whole day long. Sat. 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. Tiburon. $8 advance/$10 door. 3-8. Event details.
Haunt the Halls with Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol presents the classic tale but with at twist–the p.o.v. is from the ghost of Jacob Marley and his mad scramble to redeem his past and reform his former greedy partner, Ebenezer Scrooge. Full of laughs, rattling chains, and holiday “spirit” this show will be a treat for all your happy little elves. This is a preview weekend, so you’ll get in on the fun before the rest of the show’s run. Opening night is November 26th. Fri., Sat., & Sun., times vary. Mill Valley. $20-$58. 4 and up. Event Details.
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Photo credit: Shaun Roberts courtesy of Oakland Museum of California